Road Improvements Near OK Casinos

7-17-04- Visitors to two American Indian casinos will have smoother rides because the tribes offered to help pay for road improvements.

The Chickasaw Nation and the Citizen Potawatomi Nation will
contribute business profits or their share of federal highway money
toward revamping interstate highway exits leading to casinos.

A prominent Chickasaw, U-S Representative Tom Cole, already
secured a million dollars toward reworking the Interstate 35 exit leading to the Chickasaws' WinStar casino near Thackerville.

The Potawatomi Nation has promised $4.5 million dollars toward replacing the State Highway 102 bridge over Interstate 40.

The tribe is building a casino there, east of Oklahoma City.

The tribes' promise of money moved the projects to the top of
the state Transportation Department's priority list.